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Roundtable Interview: Marco Vicenzino on the Global Risks of Russia-Ukraine "Spillover"

The geopolitical analyst explains the NATO treaties that would come into play in a possible escalation.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine signals a dramatic shift not only in geopolitics, but also in governance, technology and internatonial aid. Geopolitical analyst Marco Vicenzino and Bitcoin Foundation chairman Brock Pierce joined Roundtable to discuss governance, the blockchain and the ongoing war.

In this segment, Marco Vicenzino explains the geopolitical implications of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He notes that it holds particular significance because of the possibility of spilling into NATO territory.

"This conflict has a potential for spilling over beyond Ukraine, which can actually lead to a potential nuclear catastrophe," he says. "If there were to be spillover that into European soil, in NATO territory, article five of NATO is collective self defense, which means any attack or form of attack in any NATO member state is a declaration of war, and all other member states have to come to aid. So if there were to be spillover, whether it's Poland, the Russia, the Baltic states, you invoke article five and we have a global war in our hands."

That's part of why the United States has provided such a significant level of aid to Ukraine, though Vicenzino argues that Ukraine will need more.

"The United States have provided Javelin anti-tank missiles to the Ukrainian armed forces. They've been training Ukrainian armed forces," he says. "But in order to go beyond the stalemate and to actually reclaim land in Eastern Ukraine, that's where you're gonna pretty heavy weapons."

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Roundtable Guests:

Brock Pierce, Chairman, Bitcoin Foundation

Marco Vicenzino, Geopolitical Analyst